Will 2015 be the year for a flyover?

Jill Fotheringham, from Montrose, heads a campaign to put a flyover on the A90 at an accident blackspot, just by Laurencekirk
Jill Fotheringham, from Montrose, heads a campaign to put a flyover on the A90 at an accident blackspot, just by Laurencekirk

A campaign group formed to highlight the dangers of the notorious A937/A90 junction have expressed hopes that 2015 will be their year.

The group hope to see a flyover installed at the accident blackspot and, with a public consultation on the issue scheduled for January 21 from 2-8pm in the Dickson Hall, the subject has been brought to the fore.

A predominant voice in the years of campaigning has been Jill Fotheringham.

This week, she made a moving statement on the A937/A90 Junction campaign Facebook page: “Will 2015 be the year that our government finally see sense and announces a flyover to be built on the A90 at the south junction of Laurencekirk?

“We would love to hope so. After all these years of campaigning, it’s hard to imagine that they will ever make the announcement, but maybe with the study being done we could be getting a step closer. I’m disgusted that after all this time it isn’t in place already.

‘‘We post on here all the incidents, congestion and crazy manoeuvres that we are seeing on a daily basis and please, folks, continue to do this but I would like to remind everyone of the main reason why this campaign began and why we will continue.

‘‘Jamie Graham lost his life on August 3, 2004, trying to cross the junction from the Montrose side heading north when his car was struck by a southbound vehicle.

‘‘In the following days, members of his family came into the shop for flowers to take to the junction, I could not describe the pain I saw in them but I will remember it forever. And that is where it started for me. Jamie’s death followed Mrs Angus and Mrs McClure from Auchenblae and Linda Ross from Hillside, and more before them. All four of the last victims were killed leaving the Montrose side of the junction.

‘‘For me, the Government’s refusal to address this problem, with the only solution acceptable, is like saying their lives did not matter, They did matter.

“As the new year begins, spare a thought for this young man and and the others before him and their families - they are behind 
this campaign.”